Hi! I’m Jen.

Jen Doll is, in fact, my real name, though my mom calls me "Jennifer." My first book, Save the Date, explores what I've learned about relationships, friendships, marriage, love, and myself through 17 key weddings in my life. (I have been to still more, and even more, because weddings keep coming, even after the book deadlines have come and gone.)

 

Save the Date is due out from Penguin/Riverhead in May of 2014. You can buy it here and also here.

 

Though I moved around quite a lot as a kid, my formative childhood homes were in the suburbs of Chicago (Downers Grove, Illinois, to be exact) and Decatur, Alabama. In former career iterations I have been a senior writer at The Atlantic Wire, a staff writer for The Village Voice, and the managing editor of the sadly defunct Radar magazine. Once, a boss passed out in front of me after eating too many carrots. He shall remain nameless.

 

As a teen, I had a poem published in Sassy magazine. Since those halcyon days, I've written for The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Elle, The Hairpin, Mental Floss, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Toast, Vice, The Village Voice, and other lovely publications.

 

I live in Brooklyn, as is required because that's where I have an apartment.

 

Photo by Sarah Shatz